A vector is a carrier of a pathogen ("germ") that can be spread to people. The types of vector issues vary by geographic region.
Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in the world.
Aedes (pronounced "aid-dees") mosquitoes are aggressive, black-and-white insects that thrive in our cities. They've been nicknamed "ankle biters" due to their behavior of biting people near the feet. These are not your common Southern house mosquitoes, which are light brown in color.
The are naturally occurring in flowing water 💦 THINK: fountains, rivers, ponds, streams, cascades, & irrigation ditches
Flea-borne (murine) typhus, is a disease caused by a bacteria called Rickettsia typhi. Flea-borne typhus is spread to people through contact with infected fleas. Fleas become infected when they bite infected animals, such as rats, cats, or opossums.
A “vector-borne disease” is an infectious agent such as a virus, bacteria or parasite that is passed from a disease carrier (vector) to another organism.